Before the band embarks on its next series of competitions, they will perform their 2013 show for the community at the "Fall Finale," scheduled for Nov. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gaye Heck, co-president of the Los Altos High School Instrumental Music Boosters, said the show is a way to thank the community for their support and to raise money. The performance is free and open to anyone. It will be followed by a bake sale and a chance for younger members of the community to try their hand at marching in a band.
The band is always looking for new recruits, said Larry Heck, Gaye's husband. And this year, they brought in plenty of new talent. The 73-member squad is made up of half veterans and half rookies. "Half of the band have never marched before," Heck said. "This is a really young band this year."
Larry Heck said those who come to the Fall Finale are in for a treat. "The show is very complex," he said. "The way to think of it is, it's like we're putting on a Broadway show on the field."
The band will be marching and playing at tempos of about 170 beats per minute, Heck said — all the while making complex movements, marching backwards and moving props, like a bed, around the field. "If we were inside, sitting down, it would be extremely challenging music," he said.
The Fall Finale will be held Nov. 9 at the Los Altos High School football field, which will open at 10:30 a.m. The performance will begin at 11 a.m.
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